Nicole Wallace: Sarah Palin Inspired Mentally Ill VP Character In New Book


A former McCain campaign adviser has some choice words for Sarah Palin.

Nicolle Wallace, who was also an aide for George W. Bush, told Time that Palin inspired the mentally-ill vice-presidential character in her new novel, "It's Classified".

Palin vacillated between extraordinary highs on the campaign stage — she ignited more enthusiasm than our side had seen at any other point — to debilitating lows. She was often withdrawn, uncommunicative and incapable of performing even the most basic tasks required of her job as McCain's running mate.

The decision to relocate debate prep from the campaign trail, which is where McCain did his prep, to Sedona, was to isolate her and help her overcome the shock of becoming an overnight celebrity. There certainly were discussions — not for long because of the arc the campaign took — but certainly there were discussions about whether, if they were to win, it would be appropriate for her to be sworn in.

This isn't the first time Wallace has unloaded on Palin. Last year, she called the former VP candidate "very prickly, very cynical." In 2009, she said Palin "hated me from the beginning."

Palin criticized McCain campaign staffers in her memoir, "Going Rogue", as controlling and judgmental. In one incident, Palin claims that Wallace trashed her wardrobe and insisted she buy designer clothes.

Wallace has dismissed Palin's book, referring to it as "based on fabrication" and "a bizarre fixation on things that everyone else has moved on from."

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